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Thursday 9th, July, 2015

Tips on applying for funding for your arts project

Applying and finding the right fund for your project can be a heavy task. Here are a few tips to help you get started.


1. The Idea. It’s always best to start first with your idea and then find the funding opportunity that matches it, rather than start with a fund and create an idea that goes with that. Think about the following: 

  • What do you want arts funding for? What makes it urgent?
  • A good idea is key
  • Discuss it with others
  • Be specific: You need to know exactly what it is you have to do (not just ‘put on a festival’)
  • Who is the project aimed at? Who will benefit?
  • Where will it take place?
  • Can you show why your project is needed?
  • Have a clear, realistic time frame
  • What will change as a result?

2. Identify the right funding 

3. Writing the application

4. Getting the funding! 


  • Do contact the funder to see if the fund is appropriate for your project. They want to hear from you. This allows you a chance to bounce your ideas off of them and see if this fund is really suited to what you want to do. If it’s not, they may be able to advise you on where to go
  • Become familiar with the funding guidelines before you begin to complete the application. If you’re unsure of something, ask.
  • Seek support: for advice, clarity, editing—from colleagues and / or your local authority Arts Office
  • Good questions to consider when approaching a funding application:
  • Why this project?
  • Why these individuals or this organisation?
  • Why now? What will this project help you or your group / organisation accomplish for the future? What skills or development opportunities will it help build?

There is funding out there for your brilliant creative idea! South Dublin County Council Arts Office is happy to have a chat with you to advise on which funding opportunity is appropriate for your project. Just give us a bell at 01 414 9270 or email Tori at vdurrer@sdublincoco.ie!

TAGS: Tips and Tools of the Trade, Funding